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Events / Seventh Episode & Envoi
Medea Seventh Episode & Envoi Summary
The boys are heard desperately shouting for their lives inside the house. They go silent. The Chorus members lament Medea's heinous actions, and tell a story of another woman who killed her own sons by jumping off a cliff with them in her arms. Jason shows up. He's furious. He asks the Chorus where Medea is. Not that it matters, though, he says, because there's nowhere she can hide after killing Creon and his daughter. Jason says he's worried what Medea might do to their sons. The Chorus agrees that he should be worried. They tell him to open the doors to the house. Jason draws his sword and beats of the doors, trying to open them. A great rumbling is heard. Medea appears in the sky with the boys' corpses beside her. She's in a chariot drawn by dragons. (Really, she is.) Medea says her grandfather, the Sun, (yes, the actual Sun) gave her the dragon chariot to protect her from enemies. Jason heaps curses on Medea. He shouts that a Greek wife never would've been so cruel. He should've known better than to marry a foreigner. Medea tells him he can say whatever he likes. She's won, by hurting him to the core. Jason yells that she's hurt herself, too, by killing her own sons. She retorts that it was worth it and tells Jason that the whole thing is his fault, because he married another woman. Jason replies that her crime is far worse, and that he knows the children will live on in Medea's guilty mind. Medea says, enough of you. I'm going to take off on my dragon chariot now. Jason begs her to leave him the boys' bodies so that he can bury them. Nope, says Medea, I'm going to place their bodies in a temple to Hera, where no one will violate the bodies. Medea adds that she's going to start a festival in Corinth in honor of the boys. She tells Jason that she's off to Athens now, where she'll find sanctuary. Jason pleads to touch his children's flesh one last time. Medea refuses. Jason curses Medea a couple more times and cries that he wishes his children had never been born. Medea flies away. Envoi The Chorus concludes the play by recognizing how unpredictable the will of the gods is.
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